R.I. man charged after taking payment, keeping truck during vehicle sale

R.I. man charged after taking payment, keeping truck during vehicle sale

The Westerly Sun


WESTERLY — A Rhode Island man is facing charges after police said he agreed to sell a car to a local resident earlier this year, then cashed the check without ever producing the vehicle for the buyer.

George Edward Richards, 48, of Riverside, was charged Friday with obtaining more than $1,500 through false pretenses. He was arrested by officers in East Providence on the strength of a warrant obtained through the Westerly Police Department in May.

Westerly Police Chief Richard Silva said the arrest stems from a complaint made by a resident earlier this year. An investigation determined that the victim had given Richards a check for $1,900 for the purchase of a Ford pickup truck.

When efforts to obtain the truck were unsuccessful, the victim contacted police to report the transaction as a theft. The two were known to each other prior to the sale, police confirmed, and had agreed to the purchase and sale price prior to the victim issuing the check.

“The defendant took the money, but never produced a vehicle,” Silva wrote in an email. “The defendant was contacted and asked to either drop off the vehicle or return the money, but he failed to do so.”

Westerly police applied for the warrant after Richards did not respond in an appropriate amount of time.

Richards was arraigned before a Justice of the Peace immediately following his arrest and released after posting a $500 cash bond, according to Rhode Island judicial records. The case has been referred to Rhode Island Superior Court for a felony screening on Nov. 14.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com


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